The Rainbow Cichlid (Herotilapia multispinosa) is a small, colorful Central American freshwater fish of the cichlid family. Believed to be the smallest of the Central American Cichlid, this fish features a stocky oval body and pointed anal and dorsal fins. It is generally yellow, with hints of browns and reds.
It has a stripe of central black spots running from the eye to the tail base. The Rainbow Cichlid generally thrives in small lakes, ponds, swamps, and drainage areas with muddy beds, where they live in leaf litter, tangled roots, and submerged logs.
These fish have tricuspid teeth adapted to feed on filamentous algae, forming a significant part of their diet. Some of their most desirable characteristics include their calm nature and their compact, manageable size.
Rainbow Cichlids (Herotilapia multispinosa) can change their color depending on their mood or when spawning. They often exhibit a brightly colored body ranging from gold to orange with a dotted black horizontal line running along their body.
They may also display lively accents with orange on their eyes and most of the fins, in addition to stunning blue hues on the lower body, fins, and fin tips. The color change can occur within a few seconds.
The Rainbow Cichlid is a peaceful fish that can do well in a community tank. You can keep them in a tropical tank with Tetras, catfish, Plecostomus, Giant Danios, and certain livebearers. You should expect some territoriality from the Cichlids during breeding if you keep them with catfish. Non-competitive species such as Blood Parrot, Convict Cichlid, and Firemouth Cichlid can also make good tankmates.
The Rainbow Cichlid (Herotilapia multispinosa) is omnivorous and feeds mainly on flocculent detritus in the wild. They especially love simple algae, filamentous algae, and diatoms. They sometimes prey on insects and smaller fish. In the aquarium, you can feed them with shrimps, insects, and commercial flakes or pellets. It is advisable to supplement their diet with vegetable matter such as spirulina and peas.
Can I keep one Rainbow cichlid?
You can readily keep Rainbow Cichlid (Herotilapia multispinosa) singly or in pairs. Due to their peaceful nature, you can even keep them with another pair if the tank is large enough.
Can Rainbow Cichlids live with guppies?
Thanks to their peaceful nature, Rainbow Cichlids can live in harmony with community fishes like guppies and tetras.
While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.
We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish butshipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
Most Shipments will be 2-day unless otherwise noted. We shipfish on Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping andensure they are healthy prior to arriving at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensurethey maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures thehealth and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only thecontinental United States and are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, must bephysical address.
"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.
Dwarf Neon Rainbowfish:What We Like About This Fish:⠀ Active, schooling community fish that thrives in planted aquariums⠀ Compatible with many invertebrates⠀ Adults display brilliant red and blue coloration⠀ Active and easy to feed